Game Tape

Wednesday has come and gone. The heroes have fought their battles and villains have hinted at things to come. Now it’s time to review the game tape…

Quick, fast, and in a hurry, here are some things from last week.

Jonah Hex #48 reminds us once again why he the roughest, toughest bounty hunter EVER. Besides, who doesn’t like a book guest starring Bat Lash.

Batman and Robin #5 still solid. Scarlet has an interesting moment of clarity and we see that being dead didn’t teach Jason Todd anything. He’s still too arrogant. Bruce made him die his hair? Really Morrison?

Planetary #27 ends in the only way it could. A surprisingly cheery and happy ending from Warren Ellis while condemning every “genius” in the traditional superhero books. Where’s my flying car? It’s in the Planetary universe.

THIS WEEK.

I have no idea why this image keeps popping up as the cover solicit for X-Men Forever #9. Beast was on my cover and the story is about Sentinels. Unless something ungodly happens in this book, this is the last time I’ll mention it for a while. I love this book. I didn’t think I’d ever say that about a non-Parker X-book again. Say what you want about Claremont, and believe me I’ve said a lot, this is his A game. This is a fun X-Men book: no over arching and difficult plot threads, no “message” just mutants doing mutanty things. Thank you Chris Claremont.

I enjoy Secret Six as a whole, but I am also a fan of Suicide Squad. There are some parallels between the two, but they’re more tangentially related than anything else. This week’s book wrapped up a story arc that I haven’t cared for. In some ways, Gail Simone is repeating some of the ideas from the previous arc: the team divides too easily, there’s a wicked seeming betrayal, and a reuniting at the end with everyone buddy-buddy again. This isn’t the only thing that made this arc difficult to like, but won’t go into that here. Suffice it to say that this issue made some interesting promises for things to come. Finally, it was nice to see Bane as something more than the simpering strongman he’s been since he started in this title.

To those who picked up Booster Gold #25 wanting to give it a try: I promise this book is usually better. This is not indicative of how fun and enjoyable BG usually is. I did enjoy the back-up with the new Blue Beetle. Honest, this book has never been this dull.

Game Tape

Wednesday has come and gone. The heroes have fought their battles and villains have hinted at things to come. Now it’s time to review the game tape…

As I read Blackest Night as a whole, I have a few questions. Why isn’t Krypton back? How scary would it be to have a planet full of Kryptonian zombies? Why just J’onn J’onz of all Martians? The villain in the background (Nekron evidently) doesn’t seem to want to win this little game. Still and all, the books have been pretty decent. Did you know who was in central battery of the violet lanterns? Shocked the hell out of me. I also like the idea that there are two opposing halves to the violet lanterns. This predator idea intrigues me. Sinestro also has some nice moments.

X-Men Forever 8 continues the trend of this title to be strong and enjoyable. Although these are throwbacks, the X-Men most of us grew up with, Claremont isn’t keeping them frozen in time. He’s taking their individual arcs in different directions and developing each member pleasantly. If anything, the book moves a tad slowly. Still, it’s my the only X-book I’m looking forward to each month.

I liked the art in GI Joe: Cobra. In this one-shot epilogue I don’t think it worked as well. There were panels where I had to play Where’s Waldo to find either Xamot or Tomax. Art aside, the issue is a nice origin of Xamot and Tomax. I like the idea that there is a rift growing between them. The dual narration was novel, but a little confusing at first. Final analysis: great ideas, execution needs work.

Briefly, I don’t think the last page of Willingham’s JSA was supposed to surprise us as much as perplex us. How can I be shocked at the “death” of Mr. Terrific when I know in a few months the solicits say he’ll be fighting the undead Golden Age Mr. Terrific? Dan Didio made an interesting observation about spoiler solicits on Newsarama yesterday. Read the whole thing, or scroll to question 10.

That’s it for this week. It was pretty light on books. I’m going to enjoy the rest of the day eating birthday cake and not having to teach a class. Fall Holiday! WOOOOooo!